Methods That MatterIntegrating Mixed Methods for More Effective Social Science Research

Methods That MatterIntegrating Mixed Methods for More Effective Social Science Research

M. Cameron "Hay

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780226328522

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Methods that Matter is an invitation to explore the benefits of mixed methods. This collection of original essays by leading social scientists illustrates ways of doing work that crosses methodological silos and can inform policy on real world problems. Mixed methods research, if used by individual or collaborating researchers, enables the collection of generalizable and contextualized data simultaneously. Is it worth the effort it takes to go past the methodological comfort zones of particular disciplines? The authors in this book answer with a resounding “Yes!” In their engagingly written chapters, they demonstrate that mixed methods is more than worth the effort—it can lead to more interesting findings than either qualitative or quantitative methodologies alone. This collection ultimately creates a platform for scholarly conversations across disciplines that expand scientific and encourage future interdisciplinary collaborations to answer the real world questions of tomorrow.

Table of Contents

Part One Methods and Theory for More Holistic Human Sciences

Part Two Discovering Mixed Methods

Part Three Mixed Methods to Explore Cultural Variability

Part Four Mixed Methods and Collaborative Research

Part Five Mixed Methods and the Insights of Longitudinal Research

Part Six Mixed Methods for Intervention and Policy-Driven Research

Part Seven Why Mixed Methods?

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